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Diverse Ecosystem Promises Noteworthy Wildlife Viewing

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Diverse Ecosystem Promises Noteworthy Wildlife Viewing

by Korey Hope   The Inland Northwest is home to a plethora of rare wildlife species, thanks to its diverse ecosystem. Some of these species will be returning from their southern winters in the coming months, making for another widely-anticipated spectacle in 2016. One reason why the Inland Northwest has so much to offer stems…

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Sesquicentennial Celebration: Washington’s Oldest Fair

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Sesquicentennial Celebration: Washington’s Oldest Fair

by Korey Hope   It’s a rare spectacle to see a city prepare its fairgrounds for a 150th consecutive year. In fact, 2016’s Walla Walla Frontier Days will be the first such fair to reach the milestone in the history of Washington state. A good indicator of a festival’s age is going back to one…

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Looking Through a Travel Journalism Lens

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Looking Through a Travel Journalism Lens

by Korey Hope   Some of the most fulfilling experiences in life are learning experiences. When we learn a new piece of information or in-depth information about a single topic, the way we see the world effectively changes. For example, once you learn in-depth about the fast food industries standards for quality, it’s rather hard…

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Walla Walla Wine Country, USA

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Walla Walla Wine Country, USA

by Korey Hope   The west coast of the United States is dominant in the wine industry; the trio of California, Oregon, and Washington have more wineries than the rest of the U.S. combined. As for Washington, the Walla Walla Valley is the epitome of its wine country. The southeastern part of the state offers…

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The Walla Walla Symphony: Not Just Good For The Ears

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The Walla Walla Symphony: Not Just Good For The Ears

by Korey Hope   The Walla Walla Symphony is not only soothing to the ears, but it has also been soothing to the Walla Walla community for many years. According to their website, the symphony has been performing since 1907, making it the longest continually-operating symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi. But not only does…

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Smokestack Centennial: The Steam Plant Restaurant

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Smokestack Centennial: The Steam Plant Restaurant

by Korey Hope   If you’ve seen the Spokane skyline, you may have noticed the two large pillar-looking structures that are right next to one another. These are the smokestacks of an old power plant that helped provide service to 300-plus buildings in downtown Spokane for more than 70 years. Now, an old power plant glistens…

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Four Driving Hazards to Observe

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown: Four Driving Hazards to Observe

by Korey Hope   As spring approaches, many wait in angst for the end of cold days and daydream about the reemergence of sunshine. But in reality, people typically try to displace such thoughts when they arise and focus on the task at hand, whether it’s occupational or academic or social. This is especially true…

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Taste and Tote: Your Wine Flies Free

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Taste and Tote: Your Wine Flies Free

by Korey Hope   If you’re flying out of Yakima, Tri-Cities, or Walla Walla, and you’re on an Alaska Airlines flight, your first case of wine can fly for free. If you’re going to fly into wine country, chances are you will want to leave wine country with some wine. It’s only logical to bring…

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February is for Foodies: A Culinary Celebration

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February is for Foodies: A Culinary Celebration

by Korey Hope   This February is for Foodies; the annual food celebration is back in the Walla Walla Valley for the fourth straight year. Throughout the month of February there will be a buffet of activities to represent the festival, including multiple cooking demonstrations by local chefs, specially-prepared prix-fixe meals at local restaurants, wining…

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10 Sporting Events to Watch and Play in 2016

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10 Sporting Events to Watch and Play in 2016

by Korey Hope   There is much written about the Inland Northwest’s omnipresent natural beauty, which parks to walk through, or which coffee shops have the best latte. While the coffee is usually delightful and the natural beauty is always breathtaking, Spokane is also home to a broad spectrum of sporting events throughout the calendar…

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